Category: Commissions

Hamlin – My First Feature Film

BYFA Banner Tom Sayer Hamlin 2015

Just over 2 weeks ago I was contacted by a friend of mine who I had worked with at university, writing the music for a number of short films that he made during his degree at Manchester University. He told me that he was working on a new feature film this summer with the British Youth Film Academy (BYFA) which is sponsored by the Cooperative. Every summer the BYFA runs a summer camp where a feature film is made in just 5 weeks. Reece had been working with the BYFA for a number of years and is the producer of the new film, Hamlin, which is to be shot in Leyland, Lancashire over the upcoming weeks, starting on July 13th. He was looking for a composer for the score of this film and also somebody to act as the Head of Music for any music students who attended the summer camp and approached me to see if I would be interested in the role.

After showing my showreel to the Director, she was pleased to be able to offer me the position and I was thrilled to be able to accept the offer!

I will be heading up to Leyland in a couple of days to get settled in and ready for the start of the camp on 13th July.

I’ve read through the script, which is great and has a strong music relevance, and I think has the potential for a lot of interesting short compositions throughout, in addition to a main theme which will be used extensively during the film.

Hamlin - Scrabble

This is the first time I have worked on a film set, on a feature film and on site for the duration of the filming and I can’t wait to get started on the project!

Mavron Quartet Commission

Tom Sayer with Mavron Quartet - October 2012

The Mavron Quartet premièred Tom’s commission, the Doubt Quartet, at Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead last Friday. Although the audience was smaller than everyone would have liked, the piece proved to be very popular, sparking lots of positive comments about both the quartet and the composer.

Tom has thoroughly enjoyed his collaboration with the Mavron Quartet and hopes to work with them again in the future.

Watch a video of the full performance below:

Past Projects – Ucheldre Composer In Residence

Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead

Whilst studying my MA in Composition for Film at Bangor University, I was fortunate enough to have a placement at Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead. During my year of study, I composed a number of pieces for the centre based on the art exhibitions which they had on there. Below you can watch the videos of some of the exhibitions soundtracked by my compositions.

I finished my residency with a concert showcasing my pieces to raise money for the Centre, supported by a string quartet which I formed for four Bangor University music students, Emily Bowen, Michael Pitts, Sophie Goveia and Greg Llewellyn-Jenkins.

Tom Sayer String Quartet Ucheldre Concert Flyer

Ynys Mon Mind Exhibition – 05:00 

Cauldron Quilts Exhibition – 04:54

Mutable Figures, Flux of Landscape – 04:08

Noteworthy – 02:42

Falling Into Place – 04:32

Anglesey Homeless Art Exhibition – 06:27